2020 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 

Official logo for the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2020 in Atlanta GA

More than 30,000 neighbors and fellow Atlantans flock to what is typically the last festival of the Summer.  The 18th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is sure to be a good one this year, with more than 100 local artisans, a great music line-up, the Run for the Park 5K, Kids Zone and of course, some yummy food and local craft beer!  If you haven’t been to Grant Park before, it is one of Atlanta’s largest public parks and it’s gorgeous with historic homes surrounding the park. You’ll be able to walk along the shaded trails that wind through the park as you browse through the artist’s booths and sample local eats.

The full scoop on the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2020:

WHEN: August 22 – 23, 2020

(Saturday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 7:30pm)

WHERE: Historic Grant Park, Atlanta

Located between Cherokee Ave and Boulevard SE, just one mile SE of Downtown Atlanta

WHAT: Artist’s Market, 5K Run, Food Trucks, Live Music, Kids Zone and more


5K Run for the Park

The Summer Shade Festival kicks off on Saturday, August 26th with the 5K Run for the Park. This is great for runners, walkers and even stroller-walkers. Unfortunately, Fido will have to stay at home this year, as no pets are allowed at the festival this year.  Pre-registration is available at active.com or on site beginning Saturday morning at 7 am.

Artist’s Market

Artist market and food trucks at the Grant Park Summer Shade FestivalAfter the 5K race, head over to the artist’s market where you will find more than 100 booths and everything ranging from paintings to photography, jewelry, vintage antiques and unique gifts.

What we love most about the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is that the artist’s market is spread out and doesn’t feel too crowded. It’s a relaxed atmosphere (compared to so many other Atlanta festivals) and allows you to take your time as you stroll down the shaded walking trails.

Live Music, Food + Fun

There will also be live music all day (line up will be announced soon!), as well as food trucks, picnic areas, and the Kid’s Zone with oodes of activities for kids of all ages!  Craft beer will be served throughout the festival.

There will also be a VIP Lounge with private pavilion, lounge seating, complimentary food, wine, and premium beers. Throughout the day, you can partake in wine tastings and culinary demonstrations from some of your favorite Atlanta Chefs. There will also be air-conditioned restrooms (no porta-pottys for the VIPs!), misting stations, and the chance to meet some great people. Please purchase your VIP tickets prior to the event, but the rest of the event is free!

Grant Park Summer Shade Fest Directions & Parking:

If you haven’t been to the festival before, please know that parking is pretty scarce. We highly recommend taking Uber, Lyft or biking to the event and parking with the Bicycle Valet (thanks to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)! If you are driving to Grant Park, here are the directions:

Take I-20 to Exit 59-A (Boulevard) and go about a 1/2 mile, Grant Park will be on your right OR if you are coming from I-75/85, take Exit 246 and go East on Fulton St. Make a right at Capital Ave and follow to the first light. Make a left onto Georgia Avenue and you’ll end at Grant Park!

You’ll find free parking in the Boulevard Parking Lot that’s located at 700 Boulevard SE or in the Zoo Parking lot off of Cherokee Ave. If those lots are full, you can also find parking on the side streets (Rosalia, Georgia, Glenwood, Delmar, Berne, and several others).

Come and see why Everfest named the Grant Park Summer Shade Fest in their Top 10 Best Southern Festivals.

Official Event Website:  summershadefestival.org/

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View of the park during the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Magazine

** If you fall in love with Grant Park while you’re at the festival and want to live in this charming Atlanta neighborhood, be sure to check out all the latest Grant Park homes for sale.

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